Biggest joint emergency and rescue training 20th Ops Mex Kenyalang a success

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, Oct 13: The biggest Ops Mex Kenyalang joint emergency training exercise concluded with a success, following participation from 472 individuals from 18 agencies today.

The 20th Ops Mex Kenyalang 2018 was held at the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone near here beginning early this morning, with the various agencies participating in six mockup scenarios.

“The scenarios included Search and Rescue (SAR), Road Traffic Accident (RTA), Hazardous Material (Hazmat), and others which included utilising our air unit,” Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Operations Division director Datuk Abdul Wahab Mat Yasin said after closing Ops Mex earlier.

Bomba utilising its air unit during Ops Mex Kenyalang at the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone
Bomba’s Hazmat unit in action during Ops Mex Kenyalang
Bomba personnel in action.

“The purpose of this exercise is to give exposure to all agencies involved in emergency and rescue operations, to face whatever emergencies and disasters that may happen later,” he told reporters after the closing ceremony.

He hoped that participating agencies like the Police and the Civil Defense Department would benefit from the joint training exercise at the same time improve cooperation and coordination with Bomba while improving their response time to emergency situations.

Abdul Wahab delivering his address during the closing ceremony of Ops Mex Kenyalang
Abdul Wahab presenting a certificate of participation to the Police Crime Prevention and Community Security Department chief Datuk Muhammed Hasbullah Ali during the closing ceremony.
Abdul Wahab (sixth right), state Bomba director Khirudin Drahman (to his left) together with representatives from other agencies and participants of Ops Mex Kenyalang during a group photo session.

“I am proud with the level of commitment shown by participating agencies today. From incident commander led by the Police assisted by deputy commander led by Bomba, and all other agencies involved have successfully carried out this training exercise.

“This is the biggest of such exercises in the country involving 472 individual participants. I believe this can help improve the efficiency of each emergency and rescue agencies to ensure their roles can be carried out efficiently.

“We also try to improve response time depending on situation. Based on the initial post mortem report from the incident commander, what we have achieved the targeted response time and results,” said Abdul Wahab. — DayakDaily